Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me: About The Filmmakers

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AY ROACH (Director) made his directorial debut in 1997 with the wildly successful Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Recently he completed post-production on his film, Mystery, Alaska. The picture, written by David E. Kelley, stars an ensemble cast including Russell Crowe, Mary McCormack, Hank Azaria, Burt Reynolds, Ron Eldard and Lolita Davidovich.

Roach also associate produced and wrote the story for Blown Away, starring Jeff Bridges and Tommy Lee Jones.

For television, he co-produced, co-wrote and was second unit director of the television movie "Lifepod," a sci-fi adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's "Lifeboat," which starred Ron Silver and Robert Loggia.

A graduate of Stanford University, he received his master's degree in film production from the University of Southern California. While at USC, his short subject film Asleep at the Wheel was nominated for a student academy award.

Born in New Mexico, Roach now makes his home in Los Angeles with his wife, recording artist Susanna Hoffs.

JOHN LYONS (Producer) began his career as a casting director in theatre, film and television. He cast such films as the upcoming Isn't She Great as well as The Big Lebowski, Fargo, Barton Fink, Lorenzo's Oil, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Raising Arizona and "Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City," which aired on PBS. In theatre, he has cast numerous projects for the Manhattan Theatre Club and Playwrights Horizons, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Sunday in the Park With George" by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine.

More recently, Mr. Lyons has begun to produce. His first feature film production was Paul Thomas Anderson's debut film, Hard Eight. He then moved on to produce Anderson's Academy Award-nominated Boogie Nights, starring Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore and Heather Graham. Since then he has produced two yet-to-be-released indie films, Pete's Meteor, starring Mike Myers, Brenda Fricker and Alfred Molina; and The Opportunists, starring Christopher Walken, Peter McDonald and Cyndi Lauper.

ERIC McLEOD (Producer) continues his association with Austin Powers having served as Executive Producer on Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.

McLeod was co-producer of New Line Cinema's Living Out Loud, directed by Richard LaGravenese, Wag the Dog, directed by Barry Levinson, Now and Then, starring Demi Moore, and Feeling Minnesota, starring Cameron Diaz and Keanu Reeves. Most recently, McLeod served as unit production manager on the hit film Enemy of the State, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Tony Scott.

McLeod's line producing credits include Corrina, Corrina and Gus Van Sant's Even Cowgirls Get the Blues; he also served as unit producer manager on 8 Seconds, Wide Sargasso Sea, The Rapture, Faith and Live Wire, which McLeod also associate produced.

SUZANNE TODD (Producer) began her career in the entertainment industry after attending USC's prestigious school of Cinema-Television. She served as vice president of production for the Warner Brothers-based Silver Pictures.

Her producing credits include the feature version of the hit television series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1. She co-produced Ricochet, starring Denzel Washington, and served as associate producer on Die Hard 2, Predator, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, and the award-winning HBO series "Tales from the Crypt."

Suzanne partnered with Demi Moore in 1993 to form their production company, Moving Pictures. Along with the hit films Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, G.I. Jane and Now and Then, Moving Pictures also produced "If These Walls Could Talk" for HBO's NYC Productions, which became the most highly rated telefilm ever broadcast on HBO.

Recently, Suzanne and Jennifer Todd have formed a new production company, Team Todd, and signed a two-year, first-look production and development deal with New Line Cinema. Currently, the Todds are producing the dark comedy Idle Hands, starring Vivica A. Fox, Devon Sawa, Seth Green and Jessica Alba; Boiler Room, starring Ben Affleck, Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel and Nia Long; and Teacher, Teacher, starring Matt Selleck.

The Todds will also produce three films for HBO NYC entitled "If These Walls Could Talk," which will each trace a different topic (male homosexuality, female sexuality and racism) through three generations and how it is dealt with differently.

JENNIFER TODD (Producer) began her career at Silver Pictures where she was involved with such hit films as Lethal Weapon 2 and Die Hard 2. After leaving Silver Pictures, she moved to Miramax Films as a production executive where she supervised several films, including The Opposite of Sex and Romeo is Bleeding.

Most recently, Jennifer served as producer of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and executive producer of the coming-of-age anthem Now and Then.

Recently, Suzanne and Jennifer Todd have formed a new production company, Team Todd, and signed a two-year, first-look production and development deal with New Line Cinema. Currently, the Todds are producing the dark comedy Idle Hands, starring Vivica A. Fox, Devon Sawa, Seth Green and Jessica Alba; Boiler Room, starring Ben Affleck, Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel and Nia Long; and Teacher, Teacher, starring Matt Selleck.

The Todds will also produce three films for HBO NYC entitled "If These Walls Could Talk," which will each trace a different topic (male homosexuality, female sexuality and racism) through three generations and how it is dealt with differently.

DEMI MOORE (Producer) has established herself as one of the most sought after actresses in Hollywood. She received a Golden Globe nomination for the top-grossing film of 1990, Ghost. Demi recently wrapped production on the Ron Bass-scripted Passion of Mind. She plays a woman whose life seems to alternate between two parallel existences while she tries to determine which is real and which is a dream. The film is set for release this Fall. In 1997, Demi starred in G.I. Jane, playing the first woman to join the elite corps of Navy Seals. Prior to that, she starred in (and produced) "If These Walls Could Talk," the most acclaimed and highest rated project that HBO has ever aired.

Demi's recent films include Striptease, and The Juror, starring opposite Alec Baldwin. In the Fall of 1995, she appeared in Now and Then, which she not only starred in but co-produced. The production in addition to Demi starred Rita Wilson, Rosie O'Donnell and Melanie Griffith. The film is an intimate portrait of how one Summer adventure set in motion the adult lives of four women. She also starred in the Nathaniel Hawthorne classic The Scarlett Letter, in which she played the infamous character Hester Prynne. The film was directed by Roland Joffe and also starred Gary Oldman and Robert Duvall.

Demi was also seen in the top-grossing film Disclosure, starring opposite Michael Douglas. Disclosure is the compelling story of sexual harassment in the computer technology world, based on the best-selling novel by Michael Crichton. Her other films include Indecent Proposal, starring opposite Woody Harrelson and Robert Redford, A Few Good Men, starring opposite Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson, The Butcher's Wife and Mortal Thoughts.

Moore made her film debut as Michael Caine's daughter in the 1984 motion picture Blame It On Rio. She earned early acclaim for her portrayals in two distinctive projects: No Small Affair, playing an aspiring blues singer opposite Jon Cryer, and the 1985 box office hit St. Elmo's Fire, which she stood out among the ensemble cast of six other noted young actors. She then went on to star in a variety of films, including One Crazy Summer, opposite John Cusack, About Last Night.., the critical and box office hit based on the award winning David Mamet play "Sexual Perversity in Chicago," the Emilio Estevez film Wisdom, the 1988 thriller The Seventh Sign, and We're No Angels, opposite Sean Penn and Robert De Niro.

In addition to her achievements in film, Demi has enjoyed success on stage and television as well. Most notable are her performances in the New York production of Caroline Kava's "The Early Girl," for which she received a Theatre World award, the HBO production of Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor's "Bedrooms," and an episode for HBO's popular series "Tales From The Crypt" entitled "Dead Right."

ERWIN STOFF (Executive Producer) began his career as a personal manager in 1980. As founding partner and current chairman of one of the industry's leading management/production companies, 3 Arts Entertainment, Mr. Stoff manages Mike Myers, Keanu Reeves, Matthew Broderick, John Leguizamo, and Oliver Platt.

In addition to managing the careers of his clients, Erwin Stoff has served as producer or executive producer on several films, including Picture Perfect, Chain Reaction, Devil's Advocate, The Matrix and the upcoming The Replacements.

EMMA CHASIN (Associate Producer) possesses extensive theatre background, paving the way for her work on such projects as Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, 54, and the indie film Pete's Meteor. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me marks Ms. Chasin's first film as Associate Producer.

MICHAEL McCULLERS (Screenwriter) marks his feature film screenwriting debut with Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. A former writer on "Saturday Night Live," McCullers is currently collaborating once again with Mike Myers on Sprockets, the big screen adaptation of Myers' popular SNL sketch about the severe avante-garde German talk show host ëDieter.'

UELI STEIGER (Director of Photography) recently completed Frank Oz's Bowfinger's Big Thing, starring Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy. Steiger was the cinematographer on Roland Emmerich's Godzilla. He previously collaborated with Emmerich on Independence Day, for which he shot additional photography. Steiger's additional credits include House Arrest, Now and Then, produced by Demi Moore, The Jerky Boys, Dennis Hopper's Chasers and The Hot Spot, Singles, directed by Cameron Crowe, A Good Kill, Soapdish, Some Girls, which won Best Film in the Vancouver Film Festival, and Promised Land, directed by Michael Hoffman. He also worked as second unit director of photography on Simon West's action-adventure, Con Air.

Steiger attended the University in Zurich where he pursued English Literature, linguistics and art history before turning to cinematography study at the London International Film School. His early films include Mavhuzi, which chronicled the Swiss peace movement's work in Zimbabwe, as well as Visitor in the Piano Warehouse and Zape, both of which screened at the London Film Festival.

Beginning his career in the theatre, RUSTY SMITH (Production Designer) designed the on and off-Broadway plays "Blood Knot," by Athol Fugard, and "The Good Times are Killing Me," by Lynda Barry. His film design credits include Jay Roach's Mystery, Alaska; One Night Stand (Roger Corman Studios), The Red Coat, Camp Nowhere, The Beautician and the Beast, Dunston Checks In and the independent films Lost & Found, The Corndog Man and Self-Storage.

DEENA APPEL (Costume Designer) received numerous accolades for her original designs for Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. She recently collaborated again with director Jay Roach on the forthcoming feature Mystery, Alaska which centers on a small town in the Tundra that lives for their Saturday hockey game.

Appel has explored a diverse range of time, style and fashion in the costumes she designs for both motion pictures and television. Now and Then focused on the innocence of a small town in 1970. A Hutterite Colony became the backdrop for Holy Matrimony, while rodeo was the arena for John Avildsen's 8 Seconds, and contemporary was the key for Mother's Boys and He Said, She Said.

Appel's television credits include HBO's "Weapons of Mass Distraction," "A Mother's Instinct," "A Kiss to Die For," "Indecency" and the 1930's drama "Wildflower" for director Diane Keaton, to name a few.

MARGUERITE POMERHN DERRICKS (Choreographer) is among the top choreographers working in the entertainment industry. Her remarkable choreography has enhanced literally hundreds of film and television programs, commercials, music videos, and stage productions. Marguerite recently received her second Emmy Award for her choreography on "Fame LA." She received her first Emmy Award in 1997 for her work on the top rated television series "3rd Rock From the Sun." Marguerite's memorable film sequences include Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Batman & Robin, Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls, 10 Things I Hate About You, Andrew Bergman's Striptease starring Demi Moore, Ivan Reitman's Junior and Never Been Kissed starring Drew Barrymore.

Marguerite's choreography has also appeared on such television programs as "The MTV Movie Awards," "Burt Bacharach's Amazing One Night," "The 50th Primetime Emmy Awards," "Melrose Place," "Damon," "Circus of the Stars," "Showtime at the Apollo," "Dick Clark's New Years Rockin' Eve," "Soul Train" and "General Hospital." She has been nominated for two American Choreography Awards for her work on "Fame LA" and NBC's Jenny McCarthy promo.

STAN WINSTON STUDIO (Fat Bastard Effects) is the world's foremost creator of creatures, the common denominator who has linked some of the cinema's most innovative and accomplished character designs. From The Terminator and the extra-terrestrial predators of Aliens to the amazing dinosaurs of Jurassic Park and the fanciful character of Edward Scissorhands, Winston's indelible character designs have achieved an unparalleled standard of creature-making for generations to come. Through his Stan Winston Studio in Los Angeles, he continues to break new ground in the areas of design, make-up and creature effects.

Winston has won a record number of awards for his achievements. He has won four Oscars, three BAFTA Awards (British Academy of Film and Television arts), two Emmys and numerous other industry awards. Winston has been nominated for nine Academy Awards, five BAFTA Awards and six Emmys.

Winston won his first Oscar nomination for creating robotic-looking make-up for Heartbeeps in 1981, the first year that make-up effects were recognized as an official category. He received Oscar nominations for Aliens, Predator, Edward Scissorhands, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Jurassic Park, Batman Returns and The Lost World: Jurassic Park. He won for Aliens, together with a BAFTA Award; two for Terminator 2: Judgment Day for Best Make-Up and Best Visual Effects and another BAFTA Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects; and his fourth Oscar for fashioning the live-action dinosaurs in Jurassic Park.

Winston recently completed the production and reprised his role as supervisor of design and creation of the dinosaurs for the blockbuster sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park. He also recently completed production on the films Small Soldiers, Paulie, MouseHunt, and Jon Turteltaub's Instinct. Winston's other credits include Predator, Batman Returns, Interview With the Vampire, Congo and The Island of Dr. Moreau, among others.

JON POLL (Editor) most recently completed work on director Jay Roach's Mystery, Alaska, which is set for release in the Fall.

His editorial credits include Forever Young, Krippendorf's Tribe, Dunston Checks In, The Beautician and the Beast, Camp Nowhere, Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken, Firebirds, and his feature debut, Weeds.

Born in New York City, Poll lived in Putney, Vermont before attending USC Film School. After graduating in 1981 with a degree in film production, Poll's short film The Tree went on to win awards at film festivals in eight countries.

In addition to his film work, Poll produced and was supervising editor for the television series "Eerie, Indiana." In 1988, he received an ACE Award nomination for edition HBO's original film "Steal the Sky."

Jon Poll lives in Los Angeles with his wife Julia and their five year-old daughter Zoey.

DEBRA NEIL-FISHER (Editor) has worked with many of Hollywood's leading filmmakers. Her extensive list of film credits includes the boxoffice hit, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Dear God, Up Close and Personal, The War, Fried Green Tomatoes, and the Academy Award-winning short film Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall.

Additionally, Neil-Fisher's television credits include The Amy Fisher Story, Desperate Choices: To Save My Child, The Girl Who Came Between Them, Breaking Point, The Case of the Hillside Stranglers and Kevin Hooks' Heat Wave, which won her a Cable Ace Award.

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